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September 20, 2013

Gratitude for Primary Care Physicians

by Mark Warren, M.D.

Re-posted from Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders (CCED) blog archives. CCED and The Emily Program partnered in 2014.

By Dr. Mark Warren

Over the past few weeks I have started rounding on a pediatric inpatient unit with Drs Gillespie and Rome, adolescent medicine specialists who we are privileged to work closely with. It has been a new experience for me to work with patients at the medical inpatient level of care. Upon admit, these clients and families often are in a state of extraordinary surprise, confusion, and fear. They may have gone to their physician thinking everything was alright, then learned their heart rate was low, EKG was abnormal, or electrolytes were off balance. Instead of going home with a prescription or reassurance, they find themselves in a hospital with fears about the things that might happen next. As I have sat with these patients and their families I have had an awareness of what it means to be a pediatrician or family medicine provider – to be the first person to see the eating disorder, its negative physical consequences and to give news to families and patients that is so new, painful, and frightening. Once a patient is at an eating disorder treatment center they are already halfway to knowing what is happening and what they need treatment. While our work here is often difficult it has been profound to stand as the line of first defense. I am so appreciative of the work these physicians do and their abilities to transition patients into life saving treatment.

Contributions by Sarah Emerman

About the Author

Mark Warren, M.D.

Mark Warren, M.D.

Mark Warren is the chief medical officer of The Emily Program. He is also one of the original founders of the Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders, which recently merged to become The Emily Program – Cleveland. A Cleveland native, he is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University Medical School and completed his residency at Harvard Medical School. He served as Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Mt. Sinai Hospital and Medical Director of University Hospital Health System's Laurelwood Hospital. A past vice-chair for clinical affairs at the Case School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, he continues on the Clinical Faculty of the Medical School, teaching in both the Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics. He is currently a faculty member and former chair of the Board of Governors at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. Dr. Warren is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a two-time recipient of the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award of the national Alliance for the Mentally Ill, and a winner of the Woodruff Award. He leads the Males and Eating Disorders special interest group for the Academy of Eating Disorders.

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